Thursday, August 3rd, 2023


Analysts Steve Stone and Rick Manning Join Brendan Burke (Play-by-Play) in MLB Sunday Leadoff Booth

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas Joins Host Ahmed Fareed with Pregame Coverage Beginning on Peacock at 11:30 a.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 3, 2023 – All-Star outfielder Luis Robert Jr. and the Chicago White Sox visit five-time All-Star Jose Ramirez and the Cleveland Guardians in a matchup of AL Central rivals on MLB Sunday Leadoff this Sunday, August 6, at 12:05 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.

Play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke will be joined in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth from Progressive Field by analysts Steve Stone and Rick Manning. Game analysis in the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth is provided each week by announcers from the participating teams.

Stone, a former MLB pitcher from 1971-81 and the 1980 Cy Young Award winner, spent three seasons with the White Sox (1973, 1977-1978) and is currently a White Sox analyst for NBC Sports Chicago. He returns to the MLB Sunday Leadoff booth after serving as an analyst on two White Sox games last season, including the debut game of the MLB Sunday Leadoff package on May 8, 2022.

Manning, a 13-year MLB veteran, spent eight-plus seasons (1975-83) with Cleveland and won a Gold Glove in 1976 as a centerfielder. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 1972 MLB Draft. A Guardians analyst for Bally Sports Great Lakes, Manning returns to MLB Sunday Leadoff after calling the Guardians-Angels game on May 11 this season, and three Guardians games on Peacock last season.

This week’s MLB Sunday Leadoff coverage begins with the pregame show at 11:30 a.m. ET on Peacock. Ahmed Fareed is the pre- and postgame host of MLB Sunday Leadoff and also serves as the in-game reporter.

Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Thomas, a two-time AL MVP and five-time All-Star, will serve as this week’s pre- and postgame analyst alongside Fareed. Thomas spent 16 seasons with the White Sox (1990-2005) and is one of 28 players in MLB history with 500-plus career home runs (521). Thomas, who will make his MLB Sunday Leadoff debut this weekend, previously served as an analyst on FOX Sports’ pregame coverage.

How to Watch:

Date Show Time (ET) Platform
Sun., Aug. 6 MLB Sunday Leadoff Pregame 11:30 a.m. Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 White Sox vs. Guardians 12:05 p.m. Peacock



    • Play by Play: Brendan Burke
    • Analysts: Steve Stone and Rick Manning
    • Pre- and Postgame Host/In-game Reporter: Ahmed Fareed
    • Pre- and Postgame Analyst: Frank Thomas


Beginning on Sunday, April 23, when the National League champion Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Colorado Rockies from Citizens Bank Park, Peacock will stream an NBC Sports-produced baseball game live in 19 of 20 weeks. Each game will feature NBC Sports-produced pre- and post-game shows on Peacock.

On each of the 19 Sundays that Peacock presents a game, it will be scheduled as the exclusive home of live MLB action until 1:35 p.m. ET that day, when the remainder of the day’s schedule will begin. The package will include start times of 11:35 a.m. ET (six games), 12:05 p.m. ET (10 games), and 1:05 p.m. ET (three games).

The MLB Sunday Leadoff package began in 2022 with 18 exclusive Sunday morning games on Peacock, continuing NBC Sports’ storied baseball tradition. The first Major League Baseball television broadcast was a 1939 Cincinnati Reds-Brooklyn Dodgers doubleheader on W2XBS (the precursor to WNBC-TV) in New York.

NBC Sports was a home to the first World Series broadcast in 1947, the first All-Star Game nationally broadcast in 1952, and has televised 39 World Series – more than any other network. Additionally, from 1957-2000, NBC Sports was home to a wealth of baseball programming, including Game of the Week and Monday Night Baseball telecasts, more than 30 All-Star Games, and countless Postseason moments.

Peacock’s expansive programming offers the most live sports of any SVOD service in the United States, including live coverage of Sunday Night Football, Olympic Games, Premier League, Notre Dame Football, NASCAR, NTT IndyCar Series, Big Ten football (beginning in September), and much more.  Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel.

To learn more about Peacock and MLB Sunday Leadoff, including how to sign up, click here.

2023 MLB Sunday Leadoff Schedule on Peacock

Date Time (ET) Matchup
August 6 12:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Guardians
August 13 12:05 p.m. Detroit Tigers at Boston Red Sox
August 20 1:05 p.m. Seattle Mariners at Houston Astros
August 27 12:05 p.m. Los Angeles Angels at New York Mets
September 3 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers